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Awash in a sea of media hype, how are we to determine the real stance of the U.S. Establishment towards Terror?
In Kosovo, NATO and the UN are very much under U.S. domination. Their behavior towards Kosovo terrorists clarifies the U.S. Establishment's real attitude. Moreover, looking at Kosovo we find the same patterns of dishonesty and public obfuscation that we have witnessed around 9-11.
To help understand how NATO and the UN operate in Kosovo, consider the news dispatch below. It was issued by KFOR on May 24, 2001. (KFOR stands for Kosovo Force. KFOR is the NATO occupation force in Kosovo. COMKFOR is the Command of the NATO occupation force in Kosovo.)
Here's the KFOR dispatch:
UCPMB are the initials used by ethnic Albanian terrorists when they are attacking inner Serbia.
1) Note that the headline of this news update speaks of '450 UCPMB members surrender[ing]' but the text suggests all except perhaps a few have been released.
2) The news update calls the UCPMB members 'extremists.' This suggests people with far-out political positions. But in fact these people are terrorists organized in military units which conduct heavily armed raids against inner Serbia. They plant land mines. They terrorize uncooperative ethnic Albanians. They kidnap, torture and kill Serbian villagers and policemen. They fight battles against Yugoslav soldiers. Since all this is illegal, and much of it is murder, on what basis would KFOR conclude that most of these terrorists have not committed serious crimes?
3) Once the terrorists were released, why wouldn't they return to their previous occupation - laying land mines, terrorizing, kidnapping and killing people in inner Serbia?
To understand the significance of these questions, consider the official obligations of KFOR and its sister organization, UNMIK (United Nations Mission in Kosovo). These responsibilities are laid out in the agreement under which KFOR and UNMIK have occupied Kosovo. That agreement is UN Security Council Resolution 1244, or UNSCR 1244 (or just UN 1244 for short) and the following is one of its overall principles:
Regarding specific responsibilities:
"[The Security Council] decides that the
responsibilities of the international security presence [that
is, KFOR and UNMIK] to be deployed and acting in Kosovo
By setting free 450 terrorists who have been committing mayhem in inner Serbia (which is part of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia) KFOR flatly contradicts its core principle:
And what about:
According to U.S. President William Clinton, these requirements were largely fulfilled by June 2000. In a letter to Congress, Clinton stated:
CLINTON'S LIE # 1: "ON SEPTEMBER 20, 1999 THE KLA HAD COMPLETED ITS DEMILITARIZATION"
Regarding this, the Russian Press Digest commented:
Reports in other newspapers confirm that the supposed demilitarization of the KLA was a bad joke. Thus it is no surprise that, following this 'demilitarization,' the KLA continued its practice of gangsterism and terrorism. This is documented in the chilling article, 'Concentration Camps and Gangster/Terrorism in Kosovo.' (4a)
CLINTON'S LIE # 2: "UNMIK Established the Kosovo Protection Corps [which is]...civic and humanitarian"
An article in La Stampa, the Italian newspaper, vividly described the way the civic and humanitarian Kosovo Protection Corps (KPC) was set up.
This was not the exception; it was the rule.
KFOR and UNMIK simply changed Kosovo Liberation Army (terrorist) to Kosovo Protection Corps (civic and humanitarian).
The KLA war criminals were not given jail terms. They weren't even forced to attend re-education classes, like a person convicted of drunk driving. Instead they were rewarded with new KPC uniforms, a respectable title, UN status (!) and paychecks (!).
In brief, until he was appointed to the top position in the KPC, Agem Ceku led the KLA. And before that he was a Croatian military officer, implicated in war crimes against thousands of Serbian civilians in the Krajina section of Yugoslavia. (7)
Did KFOR and the UNMIK somehow transform the terrorists who staffed the KPC into good citizens?
Consider the case of Gezim Ostremi, the KLA commander mentioned in the La Stampa article, above.
During the summer of 2001, two years after the formation of the KPC, some Western newspapers revealed that Ostremi was leading the terrorist assault on Macedonia! The Irish Times commented:
According to the Irish Times, Ostremi's role as terrorist leader was a shock to the leaders of the UN and NATO in Kosovo:
It seems that anytime the leaders of our new Empire are implicated in some vicious act that suggests not only hypocrisy but criminal misconduct, they and the media put the 'blame' on confusion, inefficiency, bewilderment, lack of preparedness - that is, human error. "These vast bumbling bureaucracies don't plot evil deeds, they just totally screw up," is the idea.
Apparently someone did a study which revealed that ordinary people will forgive any official misdeed as long as the guilty party quickly and freely 'confesses' to stupidity or incompetence (rather than evil intent...)
Thus when he was asked why no planes took off from Andrews Air Force Base, which is right beside Washington, DC, to intercept American Airlines Flight 77 during the 55-or-so minutes it was flying towards the Pentagon, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld offered the following 'confession:'
And when U.S. war planes bombed the clearly marked and geographically isolated Red Cross warehouses in Afghanistan for the second time, the media universally called it a mistake. (Actually the second bombing was carried out in two or more waves by several different types of bombers.) Here are several samples of the coverage:
* "In a costly mistake Friday, a Red Cross warehouse was accidentally bombed again." (The Lexington Herald Leader, 30 October 2001)
* "...twice mistakenly hit a Red Cross warehouse" (The Herald (Glasgow), 30 October 2001)
* "...a second mistaken strike on a Red Cross warehouse" (USA TODAY, 30 October 2001).
Emperor's Clothes interviewed Red Cross officials in Switzerland about the bombings. Based on what these officials told us, it is simply impossible to believe the U.S. military bombed the warehouses by mistake. (10)
Returning to Mr. Ostremi, the Kosovo Protection Corp (KPC) Chief-of-staff, how could his terrorist activities come as a surprise to KFOR and the UNMIK?
According to the Irish Times,
Ahh, lack of close supervision, the cousin of confusion and the curse of the 'bumbling bureaucrat.'
Note that not one bureaucrat has been arrested for the criminal neglect involved in allowing the Chief-of-Staff of the KPC, an official UN organization, to run a terrorist invasion of a sovereign state. All is forgiven because 'we all make mistakes.'
But wait. It wasn't just Ostremi that the UN and KFOR overlooked due to lack of close supervision.
Sounds like the whole skeleton of the KLA organization was activated, in the form of KPC reservists, to go off and fight in Macedonia.
You might wonder how KPC 'reservists' would be able to commit terrorist acts on unfamilair Macedonian territory.Wouldn't they get lost?
We comment on these maps in 'Sorry Virginia But They Are Nato Troops, Not 'Rebels:'
For evidence that the KPC terrorists use NATO-supplied weapons to attack Macedonia, and that they are led by U.S. 'advisers,' see 'Emperor's Clothes Articles on Macedonia,' at http://www.emperors-clothes.com/mac/list-m.htm
CLINTON'S LIE # 3: '...KFOR personnel provide a security presence in towns, villages, and the country-side.'
This sounds comforting. But Emperor's Clothes has published interviews with eyewitnesses who report the exact opposite: that KFOR and the UNMIK are responsible for a massive reign of terror since they took over Kosovo. For example:
* KFOR opened the border with Albania, allowing KLA-connected gangsters to pass freely between Kosovo and their bases in Northern Albania. (12)
* KFOR watched while people with the wrong loyalties were terrorized and driven from their homes. (13)
* Serbs who remained in Kosovo were forced into concentration-camp-style ghettos, run by KFOR and terrorized by the KLA. (14)
* Those Serbs who remain in Kosovo live in constant fear. Speaking the wrong language can get one killed by making one appear to be a Serb. (14a) Even standing by one's window can be deadly if you are a Serb in one of the new Kosovo ghettos. (14)
UNMIK and KFOR are entirely aware of the monumental terrorism of the UN-created Kosovo Protection Corps. The UN even prepared a special report for Secretary General Kofi Annan documenting the KPC's violent racism and gangsterism. (15) But of course UNMIK and KFOR don't need a special report. These high-power management and military organizations with their redundant intelligence organizations are perfectly capable of seeing what is going on before their eyes.
Consider the following case in point.
On 16 February 2001:
Isn't 'embarrassing' an odd word to use regarding such a crime?
Note that when President Clinton was claiming the Kosovo Protection Corps as a victory for UNMIK, he wrote:
But in its laudably critical comments the Daily Telegraph states that the KPC:
So, even in criticism, the Western media pulls its punches. The demilitarization is accepted as fact in an article which provides evidence that it is a lie! And the KPC is presented as having popped out of the ground like a weed when it was planted and watered by the UNMIK and KFOR.
The arrest of the KPC terrorists who blew up this bus is of course 'embarassing' because:
c) KFOR and UNMIK are responsible for the KPC's murderous attacks.
KFOR and UNMIK apparently recovered from initial embarrassment. They released three of the suspects. The fourth, a certain Florim Ejupi, miraculously escaped from detention in Bondsteel, the impenetrable U.S. military base in Kosovo.
Undoubtedly the detention center guards were 'unprepared' for the escape attempt of this latter-day Houdini, which therefore threw the poor things 'into confusion,' a fact they subsequently found 'highly embarrassing.'
And of course nobody was arrested for letting Florim Ejupi get away because 'everyone makes mistakes.' And isn't the humiliation of it all punishment enough? (On Florim Ejupi , see Los Angeles Times, 15 May 2001) (17)
Contrary to the 'confusion/lack-of-preparedness/we-can't-be- everywhere /we're-just-bumbling-bureaucrats' line which KFOR, UNMIK and the apologist media routinely offer to explain the unending reign of terror in Kosovo, the U.S. Army's own rules hold KFOR commanders criminally responsible for systematic terrorism carried out on their watch:
Holding onto that thought, let us return to the KFOR news release posted at the start. It states that based on KFOR's 'soft policy' toward the UCPMB, 450 terrorists turned themselves in and were subsequently released unless there was evidence they had committed a 'serious crime.'
A few thoughts:
1) Newspaper accounts routinely describe the UCPMB 'extremists' attacking inner Serbia as local Albanians, driven to rebellion by intolerable oppression. But these 450 - 450! - 'extremists' were arrested in Kosovo, not inner Serbia. Obviously they are not people driven by abuse to take up arms; they are part of the Kosovo Liberation Army, now reorganized into the Kosovo Protection Corps, just like the terrorists attacking Macedonia.
2) Under UN Resolution 1244, KFOR must not limit itself to a 'soft policy' which lets terrorist murderers voluntarily turn themselves in and then be released while at the same time KFOR issues Public Relations-style statements, declaring that these people are not serious criminals!
KFOR is obliged to hunt down and jail these terrorists. All of them.
So why does KFOR go through the charade of voluntary detention of terrorists followed by their release? Because this charade is needed to solve a certain sticky problem.
On the one hand, KFOR wants the citizens of NATO countries to think it acts tough against terror. But on the other hand, the KPC terrorists are its creation; they constitute a proxy army used to destabilize the Balkans, which is NATO's strategic goal.
Moreover, these particular terrorists need clear
evidence that NATO supports them. This is discussed our
third interview (shortened version) with Cedomir
Prlincevic, the Kosovo archivist.
Mr. Prlincevic explains that in Kosovo Albanian social structure, much power is concentrated in the hands of clan leaders. At the same time, Kosovo Albanian culture is very serious about blood feuds and vendettas, which can last for generations and lead to the deaths of many clan members. Indeed, the 'Canon of Leke,' a 15th century text that describes the proper etiquette to be followed in blood feuds, is highly influential.
This combination - powerful clan leaders who have good reason to fear doing something that might start a blood feud - makes Kosovo Albanian society unusually susceptible to threats from gangster elements. The KLA's strategy for "winning over" these clan leaders (and with them, the clans) has combined a) conducting terrorist attacks on clan members opposed to the KLA and b) providing public demonstrations that the KLA is fully supported by NATO. This tells the clan leaders: these KLA people are ruthless maniacs so if we resist them we'll be saddled with blood feuds for 200 years. And if we fight them, we fight NATO!
NATO wishes to provide evidence that it supports the KLA. Yet it cannot do this openly without alienating Western public opinion. The KLA is, after all, right now attacking Macedonia and inner Serbia. The Macedonian government has, after all, been NATO's faithful servant, doing everything NATO asked. And the current government of Serbia is, after all, entirely pro-NATO. So NATO can't just come out and say it supports the secessionist attacks on Macedonia and inner Serbia.
SOLUTION TO A CONTRADICTION
By accepting the voluntary surrender of terrorists (euphemistically called 'extremists') and then releasing all those 'not suspected of having committed serious crimes,' NATO resolves the paradox of its duplicity.
The detentions say, 'Officially, we oppose Albanian terrorism!' But the releases say, "Really, we support it."
And that, dear friends, is the truth.
As George Thompson has documented in his article, 'Roots of Kosovo Fascism,' the KLA and the KPC are the political descendents of the Albanian terrorist/fascists who ruled Kosovo as puppets of Nazi Germany in World War II. (20)
By supporting the KLA terrorist/fascists in Kosovo, KFOR and UNMIK leaders have not only violated international law, including the Helsinki Final Act; they have not only made a mockery of UN Security Council Resolution 1244.
They have also put the political descendents of the World War II Nazis back in power in Kosovo. It is a fact that the ethnic Albanian Nazis in Kosovo were the last Nazis to surrender - they kept fighting until 1950. U.S. and Euro policies have, shockingly, brought these, the worst elements among Kosovo Albanians, to power once again. Read carefully the following L.A. Times report regarding the joy of some ethnic Albanians when German troops returned to the Kosovo city of Prizren in June 1999:
We call on KFOR soldiers and UN employees in Kosovo, of all nationalities: implement UN Resolution 1244. Arrest the terrorist leaders of the KPC, responsible for forcing hundreds of thousands of non-Albanians and anti-Fascist Albanians out of Kosovo, for kidnapping and murdering untold numbers of people in Kosovo, inner Serbia and Macedonia.
By doing this, you will obey both international law and your mandate under UN Resolution 1244 and you will uphold your honor as soldiers rather than thugs.
If anyone dares try to stop you from doing this, they are criminals - regardless of rank - and should be arrested as well.
- Jared Israel and Rick Rozoff
(1) KFOR OnLine 24 May 2001 http://kforonline.com/news/updates/nu_24may01.htm
(2) United Nations Security Council Resolution 1244 (1999) at: http://www.kforonline.com/resources/documents/unscr1244.htm
(3) President Clinton's 16 June 2000 Letter to Congress on U.S. Forces in Kosovo can be found at: http://www.usembassy.it/file2000_06/alia/a0061602.htm
(4) Russian Press Digest, 21 September
1999 is posted at:
(4a) 'Concentration Camps and Gangster/Terrorism in
Kosovo' documents the terrorist
character of the 'reformed' KLA is posted at
(5) Translated by Emperor's Clothes
from La Stampa, 20 September 1999, Page 9,
"Kosovo, e' il primo L'UCK consegna agli italiani
deposito di armi" posted at:
(6) 'UN Appoints an Alleged War Criminal in Kosovo' posted at: http://emperors-clothes.com/articles/chuss/unandthe.htm
(7) 'UN Appoints an Alleged War Criminal in Kosovo' posted at: http://emperors-clothes.com/articles/chuss/unandthe.htm
(8) The Irish Times, Thursday 5 July
2001 "Rebel chief worked for UN funded force in
Kosovo: The leader of the Macedonian rebels was
originally paid by the UN" by Chris Stephen in
Pristina. Posted at:
(9) Fox News Sunday, 09:00 Sunday 16
September 2001 "Special Report: America United"
transcript posted at:
Cross Spokesmen Refute Pentagon Lies' Interview by
Jared Israel posted at:
(11) Sunday Times (London), Sunday 10
June 2001, "Macedonia on brink of war" by Tom
Walker, Diplomatic Correspondent, posted at:
(12) Regarding the opening of the
border with Albania, see "Gracko survivors blame
NATO." This include a 24 July 1999 Report from
Gracko village, sent out by the Information Service of
the Serbian Orthodox Church. With introduction by jared
Israel. Posted at:
For documentation of the charge that a company associated with the U.S. military and CIA created the training camps for the KLA in Northern Albania, see http://emperors-clothes.com/mac/times.htm#z
(13) 'The shame of NATO: Interviews
with Serbian Refugees from Kosovo' posted at:
(14) For a list of 'Interviews & other Articles that Document
NATO Sponsorship of Kosovo Terrorists'
14a) Cox News
Service, 12 October 1999 "Former University of
Georgia graduate student murdered in Kosovo" by
Plott Brice reporting from Athens, GA. Posted at:
(15) To read the full text of the
London Observer article with excerpts from the UN report
documenting terrorist actions by the UN-created Kosovo
Protection Corps, see
(16) The Daily Telegraph (London),
Wednesday 28 March 2001 Page 15 "SAS troops seize
Kosovo bomb suspects" by Christian Jennings in
Pristina. Posted at:
(17) Los Angeles Times, Tuesday 15
May 2001 Home Edition, Part A, Part 1, Page 4, Foreign
Desk, "Kosovo Bus Bombing Suspect Escapes" at:
(18) "THE UNITED STATES ARMY FIELD MANUAL: The Law of Land Warfare,"1956 http://www.law.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/mylai/fieldman.html
(19) 'WHAT'S BEHIND
KLA STRATEGY IN THE BALKANS?' excerpt from interview with
Cedomir Prlincevic at
roots of Kosovo fascism' by George Thompson at
(21) 'BALKANS: MANY OLDER ETHNIC
ALBANIANS RECALL NAZI TROOPS IN WWII AS LIBERATORS FROM
SERBS,' Los Angeles Times, June 17, 1999, Thursday, Home
The following articles talk about the attack on southern Serbia:
Whereas not one member of the Kosovo Liberation Army has been indicted for war crimes - even though war crimes are the KLA's method of operation - a special UN institution, "The International Criminal Tribunal for Yugoslavia" (ICTY) has been set up to prosecute Serbian leaders who have resisted the attack on Yugoslavia. Regarding that body, see:
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